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February 2019

Ultimate Reading List Monthly Update

February 2019

One of our most popular features on Teenreads is our Ultimate Reading List, a selection of books that are compelling, beautifully written, pure fun, thought-provoking or edge-of-your-seat gripping; books that we would hand to someone and say, “read this!” This month, we're adding eight amazing titles you're sure to love.

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas - Contemporary Fiction

February 5, 2019


Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri’s got massive shoes to fill. Then her first song goes viral for all the wrong reasons and Bri finds herself at the center of a controversy, portrayed by the media as more menace than MC. But with an eviction notice staring her family down, Bri doesn’t just want to make it --- she has to. Even if it means becoming the very thing the public has made her out to be.

The Giver (Graphic Novel) (Giver Quartet) written by Lois Lowry with illustrations by P. Craig Russell - Graphic Novel

February 5, 2019


In this new graphic novel edition of THE GIVER, readers experience the haunting story of 12-year-old Jonas and his seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment, through the brilliant art of P. Craig Russell that truly brings THE GIVER to life. Witness Jonas's assignment as the Receiver of Memory, watch as he begins to understand the dark secrets behind his fragile community, and follow the explosion of color into his world like never before.

The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf - Historical Fiction

February 5, 2019


Melati believes that she harbors a djinn inside her, one who threatens her with horrific images of her mother's death unless she adheres to an elaborate ritual of counting and tapping to keep him satisfied. On the evening of May 13, 1969, racial tensions in  her home city of Kuala Lumpur boil over and her mother become separated by a city in flames. It will take the help of a Chinese boy named Vincent and all of the courage and grit in Melati's arsenal to overcome the violence on the streets, her own prejudices and her djinn's surging power to make it back to the one person she can't risk losing.

Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan - Contemporary Fiction

February 12, 2019


Jasmine and Chelsea are best friends on a mission. They're sick of the way women are treated even at their progressive NYC high school, so they decide to start a Women's Rights Club. They post their work online --- poems, essays, videos of Chelsea performing her poetry and Jasmine's response to the racial microaggressions she experiences --- and they go viral. But the club is also targeted by trolls. When things escalate in real life, the principal shuts the club down. Not willing to be silenced, Jasmine and Chelsea risk everything for their voices --- and those of other women --- to be heard.

The Art of Losing by Lizzy Mason - Contemporary Fiction

February 19, 2019


On one terrible night, 17-year-old Harley's life changes forever. At a party she discovers her boyfriend, Mike, hooking up with her younger sister, Audrey. When Mike drunkenly attempts to drive Audrey home, he crashes and Audrey ends up in a coma. It’s a surprise that she finds herself reconnecting with Raf, a neighbor and childhood friend who’s recently out of rehab and still wrestling with his own demons. Harley begins to see a path forward with Raf’s help that she never would have believed possible --- one guided by honesty, forgiveness and redemption.

The Weight of a Thousand Feathers by Brian Conaghan - Contemporary Fiction

February 26, 2019


As the person who cares for his terminally-ill mother, Bobby Seed has a lot on his plate. Add to that a responsibility to watch over his little brother, keeping up at school and navigating a relationship with a girl friend who wants to be a girlfriend, and he's barely keeping his head above the water. But then Bobby's mother makes a request. If he agrees, he won't just be soothing her pain. He'll be helping her end it. Angry, stirring and tender, this bold novel tells a story of choice and compassion, exploring the lengths to which we'll go for the people we love.

We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia - Fantasy

February 26, 2019


At the Medio School for Girls, distinguished young women are trained for one of two roles in their polarized society --- run a husband’s household or raise his children. Daniela Vargas is the school’s top student, but her pedigree is a lie. And school couldn’t prepare her for the difficult choices she must make after graduation, especially when she is asked to spy for a resistance group desperately fighting to bring equality to Medio. Will Dani cling to the privilege her parents fought to win for her, or will she give up everything she’s strived for in pursuit of a free Medio --- and a chance at a forbidden love?

The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg - Contemporary Fiction

February 26, 2019


Max is chill. He loves sports and video games. Being gay? Not a big deal. But he holds the secret of an encounter with an older kid that makes it hard to breathe. He doesn't want to think about it. Ever. Jordan is the opposite of chill.He loves poetry, he's never been kissed and he's searching for Mr. Right. His secret is a spiraling out of control mother, and the knowledge that he's the only one who can keep the family from falling apart. Set in Arizona over the course of one summer, two boys will have to face their biggest fears and decide what they're willing to risk --- to get the thing they want the most.